Monday, December 15, 2014

Dec. 15th

We had our annual caroling and golf cart parade last night, the carolers sounded awesome! Leading the parade was John Geer on his motorcycle followed by Brock in his Van with speakers on the back and then the carolers with mikes and the sound was really cool! Santa (Paul Sprague) looked really neat and when going by the Motel several little kids came running to the fence and put their little arms out to Santa, it was real cute. then afterwards to the hall for snacks.

Driving around the park looking at all the decorated mobiles, park models and r.v.s very lovely decorations, the nativity scene in front of the park office is so pretty!



Poor "Frosty" melted away





RVE CLUB MEETING Judy Nordquist, chair, called meeting to order. Pledge of Allegiance, singing of “God Bless America” & Club song was led by Donna Perkins.
Invocation – Tom Cassidy read portions of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poem “How Do I Love Thee” & Robert Browning's poem “Grow Old Along With Me” He reminded us how lucky we are to grow old & live here at RVE, ending with a prayer.
Secretary Report – Sharon Sprague
Treasurer Report – John Geer
Bernie Garza, Weslaco Police detective, joined us at close of meeting & talked about safety in our park. See more on his report on page 2 ...
MANAGEMENT REPORT – Manager Bob Davis asked we not put anything in mailboxes without a stamp. Later a suggestion was heard that clips on our individual units might work to leave notes, cards, etc. A rumor saying managers not licensed to sell in the park is false as they do have licenses. Christmas light judging will be done Wednesday-Sunday this week with winners to be announced at Christmas Dinner. Do you have extra toys? If so there is a box in office area where you may donate to Weslaco Toy Drive. Please do not put posters on STEEL doors, okay on GLASS doors. When you come to the front gate & enter park, stay on the inside of gate until gate closes. Do not let someone in you do not recognize as belonging in the park. Any questions or problems, call manager (phone number is on gate). Website for park is riovalleyestates.com
New folks at Rio Valley Estates should complete form located in office area to be given to Dave Johnson who does our park directory. His lot is #93; he & Lucy are gone for a while over the holidays so if you give this info to editor (#103 or at Monday meeting) Mary Lou will see Dave gets them.
Club website by Judi DeKoning is RVEWTC.com .. for “members only”, the password is riovalley. For Donna Gabbert's blog, go to: www.donnasramblingsatrve.blogspot.com
Clyde Read gave properties report. Concerning ice machine not working, repairman came Thursday to clean it, found it needs a part. It'll be running again as soon as part arrives. Board has considered getting a maintenance contract on the machine. When again asked about security cameras, we were informed board will look into this after talking to Bernie Garza .. and park owner Walter Piper.
Board members: Properties – Clyde Read, Dave Cochran, Ron Zoeller; Finance – John Geer, Charlotte Therrien, Marge Rexroad.
Monday night dances begin January 5 with 10 to be held and4 different bands/music alternate weekly including Diego, Hired Hands, Country Roland Jr. Band, Staton. Dance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $5 pp. Free popcorn, setups available.
Bev Telfor (#208) places cards to be signed by residents in office area. Call her at 956-532-6033 if you know of someone needing card due to illness or death of family member. This week cards went to Ron Sutherland, surgery; Arlene Jass, hospital; Mary Voss, death of Art; Darlene Bovenmyer, cancer; Mitzi Hutchinson, fall; family of Dorothy Young upon her death. “Card” job is open if someone would like to volunteer. Donna Gabbert has the “card program” & would install on your computer. A thank you was read from Billie Wells who continues treatment.
FREE movies have begun on Thursdays. This week, come to see “Heaven is For Real”. If you haven't seen this film, you need to! Friday night entertainment begins Jan. 2 with Mario Rosales. Brock Laing reported Jeff Hunt & Jackson Haney are cancellations but he is working on replacements for them. Brock & his buddy Glenn will entertain Feb. 13 in place of Jackson Haney (free show).
We're still in need of a group to cook Sat. breakfasts in Dec. Thanks to Mark & Betty Wieners who have volunteered to cook Saturday morning breakfasts in January!
Looking ahead to Christmas, we have a chair for dinner that day. Thanks to Leon & Sherry Cheatham and Tom & Connie Duffy who have volunteered! Ham will be served with the remainder being potluck. There is a sign up sheet. Plans are to eat at noon.

Upcoming Events:
Dec. 18 – Tea Party, noon, proceeds to Children's Cancer Hospital
Dec. 18 – Practice for “Christmas Mob” party on the 19th, need more people to help (Donna Perkins) 3:30-5 p.m.
Dec. 19 – Christmas Caroling/Party, 7 p.m. (Donna Perkins chairs)
Dec. 23 – Amigos de los Ninos Caravan Day to Progreso, meet north of international bridge at 8 a.m.
Dec. 25 – Christmas Day Dinner, Noon, Cheathams & Duffys chair
(continued from page 1) .. We were pleased to have Weslaco Police Officer Bernie Garza with us to speak on “Security in Rio Valley Estates”. He allowed time for questions and stressed we need to “look out for each other”. If you see something out of the ordinary, call 911 or their receptionist at 956-968-8591 & ask for dispatch. Do not contact strangers on your own; instead call police. Often criminals are under the influence of alcohol/drugs. Note how many, what they were wearing, identifying features such as tattoos. He stated security cameras work well as do cell phones & making notes on a pad. All helps deter strangers & criminals. Security cameras can be installed & located at front entrance to park, “on motion” lights, inside & outside buildings. We were reminded to lock our homes & bikes.
Please give written notes to editor if you wish something printed in newsletter.
If residents have any additions/changes/corrections to last season's park directory, give to Mary Lou (#103) and these will be printed in newsletter. Changes this week:
David/Karon White (new lot number change only) #144
David/Kathy Cochran (correction from last week)
Marge Rexroad tells us there are items donated to quilters on table in room behind stage if anyone wants them. FREE …..
Irene Quail (#49) will present monetary gifts to park workers Alex & Roberto at next Monday meeting. If you wish to donate, you may give these to Irene. Non-perishable items may be placed in the boxes inside Friendship Hall.
We are needing chair people for the following activities .. Spaghetti Feast, Stew Feed, Flea Market, Friday Bowling. I haven't heard that anyone is chairing the Style Show which according to our calendar would be held Feb. 26.
Denny & Nancy Argo have agreed to chair the Friday evening potlucks which begin Jan. 2, also park barbecues to be held 2nd Sunday each month beginning in January.
Park Breakfasts are held every Thursday, 8 a.m., at Fiesta Tex-Mex. (none Christmas Day or New Years)
Dianna Bruce chairs our Cancer Drive with proceeds going to Children's Hospital, Edinburg. Sign up by tomorrow for the noon tea party scheduled Dec. 18. “Candy Cane Lane” is theme. A gift basket is being auctioned, $1 per ticket or 6 for $5. The committee will be going to hospital tomorrow with donated items. Get these to Dianna at #146 please.
Donna Perkins is chairing Christmas Caroling/Party in Friendship Hall Friday, Dec. 19, 7 p.m. She says we should wear “bling”. Practice for the “Christmas Mob” program will be 3:30-5 p.m. Dec. 18. Needing more people! Please bring finger food, needing volunteers to help with snacks & tables.
Ken Barnhart spoke about Hillbilly Sock Hop coming up on Jan. 15. Tickets are being sold at Monday morning meetings. As of this morning, half of tables have been sold! Purchase single ticket for $5 or a table of 8 for $40. Special entertainment is included in cost of your ticket. Save your gallon bleach bottles and drop them off at any committee member (Barnharts, Bensons, Philipps, Cochrans, Baslers). Prizes will be given for costumes, best decorated tables, best beard. Plans are to serve those tasty hot dogs BEFORE the program begins. Fred Goldsbery plays for dancing & listening.
Linda Palermo & Clyde Read #155 chair Vet's Dinner to be held Jan. 28. It is open to all vets, wives, spouses, vet's widows or widowers, significant others, Canadian veterans. Donations for gifts/prizes may be given to Kathy Cochran & Mary Norby. A silent auction will be held, proceeds to go to The Purple Hearts of Rio Grande Valley. A program honoring Vietnam Vets will be held. Irene Quail has a list of those who served during the Vietnam War, 1959-1975. The list was compiled from pictures on the wall in office area. If your picture is not there, let Irene know & she'll add your name to list.
If you wish information about the upcoming cruise, contact Judi DeKoning. It's Feb. 1-8. There is a sign-up sheet at back of hall .. with greatly reduced price.
Olympics 2015 will be held Feb. 9-13 according to Bob Kerkau. Sign up by Jan. 13. Events this year are 8-ball pool, horseshoes, bean bags, bowling, darts, golf, shuffleboard, Texas hold-em along with the following card games .. 500, pitch, duplicate bridge. Sign up with a partner. See sign up board in back of Friendship Hall. Bob thanked Donna Gabbert for printing sign up sheets for him. Questions? Contact Bob at #280.
Mary Norby says Feb. 12 Craft Sale tables are filling up. Contact her, Lot #179 or 952-237-9717. Mary will have more info soon as to number of tables still available.
Looking ahead into 2015Free Hearing Clinic will be in Friendship Hall Monday, Jan. 19, 9:15 a.m. Blood Profile Tests will be done Jan. 23 with results (Dave Almquist) on Feb. 26. You need to fast after 7 p.m. the evening before blood test.
Don't forget Happy Hour at Friendship Hall every Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Bring snacks to share plus your choice of beverage.
Are you in need of specialty swim wear? Come to Friendship Hall Jan. 13, 1-4 p.m. (sizes 4-32)
Line dance lessons with Bev Talley begin Jan. 6, 9:30 a.m.
Darts will begin after the first of the year.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Dec. 8th


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The weather this week has been kind of crappy...some gloomy days and this morning starting off with light rain.

 I got a call yesterday from a former resident, she is 96 years old and still going strong. She did have an accident and has to have some rehab, her name is Dorothy Young. Her husbands name was Gordon, he passed away while they were still living here in the park...could be close to 10 years ago. she lives in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
Saw this in my friend Barb's blog from Magnolia Park:



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Husband Operating System

Dear Tech Support,
Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend to Husband and noticed a distinct slowdown in overall system performance, particularly in the Flower and Jewelry applications, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend. In addition, Husband uninstalled many other valuable programs, such as Romance and Personal Attention and then installed undesirable programs such as Hockey, Football, Golf and HBO/Game of Thrones. Conversation no longer runs, and any endeavour to upload Housecleaning simply crashes the system. I’ve tried running Nagging to fix these problems, but to no avail. What can I do?
Signed, Desperate
Dear Desperate,
First keep in mind, Boyfriend is an Entertainment Package, while Husband is an Operating System. Please enter the command: ‘http: I Thought You Loved Me.html’ and try to download Tears; do not forget to install the Guilt update. If that application works as designed, Husband should then automatically run the applications Jewelry and Flowers, but remember – over-use of the above application can cause Husband to default to Grumpy Silence, Garage or Beer. Beer is a particularly bad program that will download the Snoring Loudly Beta. Whatever you do, DO NOT install Mother-in-law (it runs a destructive virus in the background that will eventually seize control of all your system resources). Also, do not attempt to reinstall the Boyfriend program. These are unsupported applications and will crash Husband.
In summary, Husband is a great system, but it does have limited memory, is somewhat erratic, and cannot learn new applications quickly. It also tends to work better running one task at a time. You might consider installing additional software to improve memory and performance. We recommend Steak, Pulled Pork and Hot Lingerie.
Good Luck, Tech Support



Newsletter


RVE CLUB MEETING Judy Nordquist, chair, called meeting to order. Pledge of Allegiance, singing of “God Bless America” & Club song was led by Donna Perkins.
Accompanist – none .. how about a volunteer?
Invocation – Mary Lantis - $Any Good That I Can Do”.. followed by prayer
Secretary Report – Sharon Sprague
Treasurer Report – John Geer
MANAGEMENT REPORT – Managers Bob & Vickie Davis joined us, but had nothing to report. Residents should plan to attend next Monday meeting according to chair Judy as Bernie Garza, Weslaco Police detective, will joins us to talk about safety in our park. He will speak prior to the business meeting. Website for park is riovalleyestates.com
New folks at Rio Valley Estates should complete form located in office area to be given to Dave Johnson who does our park directory. His lot is #93; he & Lucy are gone for a while over the holidays so if you give this info to editor (#103 or at Monday meeting) Mary Lou will see Dave gets them.
Read the club website RVEWTC.com which is written & maintained by Judi DeKoning. To get into “members only”, the password is riovalley. Also check Donna Gabbert's blog .. www.donnasramblingsatrve.blogspot.com
Clyde Read gave properties report. Several residents had contacted him to voice opinions on whether security cameras are necessary in our park. He said this would cost minimum of $1600-1800. We should be thinking about this and we'll talk more next week. We do need to watch for strangers in the park and possibly get license numbers. However, do NOT take action yourself.
Board members: Properties – Clyde Read, Dave Cochran, Ron Zoeller; Finance – John Geer, Charlotte Therrien, Marge Rexroad.
Monday night dances begin Jan. 5 according to Ron Talbert with 10 to be held, 4 different bands/music. These include Diego, Hired Hands, Country Roland Jr. Band & Staton. If you would like to help, contact Ron at #210. Assuming price is $4.50, same as last season? Free popcorn, setups available.
Bev Telfor (#208) places cards to be signed by residents in office area. Call her at 956-532-6033 if you know of someone needing card due to illness or death of family member. This week a card was sent to Larry & Ethel Anderson upon death of their daughter. Ron Sutherland is having surgery today. Darlene Bryant is back in hospital with infection requiring antibiotic drip. Art Voss is again in ICU, not doing well; Mary would appreciate phone calls. “Card” job is open if someone would like to volunteer. Donna Gabbert has the “card program” & would install on your computer.
FREE movies have begun on Thursdays. This week, come to see “Mrs. Doubtfire”. Friday night entertainment begins Jan. 2 with Mario Rosales.
Let's give a shout-out to Dianna Bruce & her crew who decorate Friendship Hall for various seasons! The tree on stage is gorgeous. It was donated by an anonymous person in our park. Ornaments were purchased; njutcrackers donated and/or purchased.
We're still in need of a group to cook Sat. breakfasts in Dec. Or would you consider doing month of January instead?
Looking ahead to Christmas, do we have a chair or committee for dinner that day? Probably easiest event to chair as you only need to purchase hams & slice it. Remainder is potluck.
Upcoming Events:
Dec. 9 – Final planning meeting for Amigos de los Ninos Christmas Day party, 1st United Methodist Church, Donna, 1:30 p.m.
Dec. 10 – Michael & Dane Dr. Breakfast, Jalisco's, 8:30 a.m.
Dec. 11 – Park Breakfast, Fiesta Tex-Mex, 8 a.m.
Dec. 14 – Caroling & Golf Cart Parade, meet at Friendship Hall, 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 18 – Tea Party, noon, proceeds go toward Children's Cancer Hospital .. Dianna Bruce chairs.
Dec. 19 – Christmas Caroling/Party, 7 p.m. (Donna Perkins chairs)
Please give written notes to editor if you wish something printed in newsletter. My shorthand is “pretty good” but sometimes I can't read it when I get home! ... mlb :-)
Sharon Sprague (#244) has park directories, $1.50. If residents have additions/changes/corrections, give to Mary Lou (#103) for newsletter. Changes this week:
Mac/Catherine Donovan (lot change only) #8
Gene/Phyllis Bouvet #402 956-375-2546
change email to wintertex681@yahoo.com
David/Kathy Cochran email is 1953@hotmail.com
Charlotte Therrien announced Christmas caroling is Dec. 14 along with Golf Cart Parade. Plan to meet outside Friendship Hall at 5:30 p.m. Decorate your cart and we'll drive around the park. Needing finger food for after. Brock has a surprise for us.
We are needing chair people for the following activities .. Spaghetti Feast, Stew Feed, Flea Market, Friday Bowling. I haven't heard that anyone is chairing the Style Show which according to our calendar would be held Feb. 26.
Thanks to Denny & Nancy Argo who have agreed to chair the Friday evening potlucks which begin Jan. 2, also park barbecues to be held 2nd Sunday each month beginning in January.
Michael & Dane Drive Breakfast is at Jalisco's, 8:30 a.m. this Wednesday, Dec. 10.
Park Breakfasts are held every Thursday, 8 a.m., at Fiesta Tex-Mex.
Dianna Bruce chairs our Cancer Drive with proceeds going to the Children's Hospital in Edinburg. A tea party is scheduled Dec. 18 , noon, with “Candy Cane Lane” as theme. There is sign up sheet. A gift basket is being auctioned, $1 per ticket or 6 for $5. Quilt blocks are available for those wishing to create one, contact Dianna for these. The committee will make a Christmas run to hospital next Tuesday if you have items to donate.
Donna Perkins has found a piano player for Christmas Caroling in Friendship Hall Friday, Dec. 19, 7 p.m. and we'll have a fun Christmas party. Please bring finger food, needing volunteers to help with snacks & tables.
Friendship Hall decorating chair Dianna Bruce requests we not put decorating items/donations under stage. There are shelves/cupboards labeled for each season's decorations.
Ken Barnhart spoke about upcoming Hillbilly Sock Hop to be held Jan. 15. Plan to attend. Guys are encouraged to enter the beard contest. Save your gallon bleach bottles as many are needed. Drop the jugs off at any committee member (Barnharts, Bensons, Philipps, Cochrans, Baslers). Tickets to purchase single ticket or entire table will be sold beginning next Monday. These are $5 each ($40 for table). Prizes will be given for costumes, best decorated tables, best (scruffiest?) beard. Plans are to serve those tasty hot dogs BEFORE the program begins. Fred Goldsbery plays for dancing & listening. Special entertainment will be included in the cost of your ticket with some folks not afraid to make fools of themselves!!
Linda Palermo & Clyde Read #155 chair Vet's Dinner to be held Jan. 28. This is open to all vets, wives, spouses, vet's widows or widowers, significant others, Canadian veterans. Donations for gifts & prizes may be given to Kathy Cochran & Mary Norby. A silent auction will be held, proceeds to go to The Purple Hearts of the Rio Grand Valley. A program honoring Vietnam vets will be held at event. Irene Quail has a list of vets who served during the Vietnam War, 1959-1975. The list was compiled from pictures on the wall in office area. If your picture is not there, let Irene know & she'll add your name to list.
If you wish information about the upcoming cruise, contact Judi DeKoning. It's Feb. 1-8. There is a sign-up sheet at back of hall .. with greatly reduced price.
Mary Norby says Feb. 12 Craft Sale tables are filling up. Contact her, Lot #179 or 952-237-9717. Mary will have more info in a couple weeks as to # tables available.
Don't forget Happy Hour at Friendship Hall every Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Bring snacks to share plus your choice of beverage.
Are you in need of specialty swim wear? Come to Friendship Hall Jan. 13, 1-4 p.m. (sizes 4-32)
Do you want to Line Dance? Lessons with Beverly Talley teaching begin Tuesday, Jan. 6, 9:30 a.m.
Darts will begin after the first of the year.


Monday, December 1, 2014

Monday Dec.1st

Isn't this a great picture of the Farleys?  and to think how far Anita has come since last year!! Our favorite neighbors!! Yes it's 10:00 a.m. and no coats!!!!

We have had a week of beautiful weather, and today is supposed to be 80. But a cold front tommarrow and highs of 60. but we can take some of that...we are so greatful for our wonderful warm winters down here. It's been awfully cold up North. Our neighbors, the Krafts, from Iowa, just got here and said in Iowa, it's been very cold and windy.

I don't often recommend a good restaurant but this one is super good! It's called El Ranchito, it's located across the parking lot from Big Lots! right here in Weslaco, I hate to travel to McAllen or Harlingen to eat especially at the rush hour times. Their breakfast is absolutely wonderful and the decor is lovely, the best part was the service is fast and effecient.so clean and the acoustics are many times better than Tex-Mex, sorry but they get about a 3 rating from me. ElRanchito gets a 10, everyone who took our advice said I was right.

Newsletter:





RVE CLUB MEETING Judy Nordquist, chair, called meeting to order. Pledge of Allegiance, singing of “God Bless America” & Club song was led by Donna Perkins.
Accompanist – none .. how about a volunteer?
Invocation – Janie Maxwell read a poem written by her mother, “Shoebox of Life” .. followed by prayer
Secretary Report – Sharon Sprague
Treasurer Report – John Geer
MANAGEMENT REPORT – Reporting was manager Bob Davis. He reminded dog owners to be responsible by picking up after their pet. Office is still working on keys, stop and take care of this at office. When asked about “rat” problem in pool room, he replied, “what to do?” Would someone want to remove pool room cupboard to find where dead rat (or mouse) is?
Website for park is riovalleyestates.com

Read the club website RVEWTC.com which is written & maintained by Judi DeKoning. To get into “members only”, the password is riovalley.

Be sure to check Donna Gabbert's blog .. www.donnasramblingsatrve.blogspot.com

Clyde Read gave properties report. Much discussion was heard about stolen bikes, camera/security system, safety in our homes. A motion by Nancy Argo to have board review with owner Walter or Nathan about putting in security system failed. Jerry Maxwell told of system installed at his home up north with 4 cameras at $400 cost plus add'l monies for line to monitor into office. Board will look into this. Sharon Barksdale said “Are we over-reacting?”
Board members: Properties – Clyde Read, Dave Cochran, Ron Zoeller; Finance – John Geer, Charlotte Therrien, Marge Rexroad.
Editor with newsletter duties sends notices of activities & events (open to the public) to TV stations, Monitor, Valley Star, Mid Valley Town Crier, Winter TX Times. Note it takes up to 3 weeks to appear so get info to editor as soon as you can.
Bev Telfor (#208) places cards to be signed by residents in office area. Call her at 956-532-6033 if you know of someone needing card due to illness or death of family member. This week cards were sent to Mac Donovan, ICU, now home; Bill Clement, foot surgery; Socorro Barker, 90th birthday. “Card” job is open if someone would like to volunteer to do these.
Entertainment chair Brock Laing said FREE movies begin Thursday with “the Thanksgiving House” to be shown. Friday night entertainment begins Jan. 2 with Mario Rosales. More on this fine program later.
Jerry Maxwell had no dance report; these begin Jan. 5.
Thanks to the club officers, spouses, gravy maker Bobby Gabbert for the Saturday breakfasts in Nov. Do we have volunteers to serve Saturdays in December?
Looking ahead to Christmas, do we have a chair or committee for dinner that day?

Upcoming Events:
Dec. 3 – Dane St. Breakfast, El Dorado, 8:30 a.m.
Dec. 4 – Park Breakfast, 8 a.m., Fiesta Tex-Mex
Dec. 4 – Wine-Cheese Party, 3 p.m. - Joyce Amos chairs
Dec. 18 – Tea Party, noon, proceeds go toward Children's Cancer Hospital .. Dianna Bruce chairs.

and now page 2, Donna ..
Carry-over from last week's meeting: We approved donation of $200 to Weslaco Crime Stoppers (Police Department?) and $200 to Amigos de los Ninos.
Please give written notes to editor if you wish something printed in newsletter. Thanks. ... mlb
What a tremendous Thanksgiving Day Dinner we had! We thank chairs Whitey & Betty Kunze & committee.
Sharon Sprague has park directories at $1.50. She's in Lot #244. If residents have additions, changes or corrections to the park directory, give to Mary Lou (#103) to be printed in newsletter. Note that Dave Johnson at #93 does the printed directory & these changes could be given to him as well. No changes this week!
The first Sunday of each month, the Telfors at #208 host Karaoke. You are invited to come for singalong even if you don't wish to sing on the microphone. Come for fellowship, food & drink. A fun time for everyone.
Bob Kerkau announces Bean Bags begins today, 1 p.m. In Friendship Hall. Throw every Monday & Wednesday. New and old players are invited to “come on down!!”
We talked about gifts for workers Alex & Roberto and Irene Quail will take monetary monies to be put in card for them, also she will put large box in hall for paper products (no food please). Gift certificates from local HEB or Walmart will be given to them. Money from club will be given to managers.
We are needing chair people for the following activities .. Spaghetti Feast, Stew Feed, and Flea Market. A chairperson is needed for Friday Bowling. If you are new to the park, don't be afraid to volunteer. It's a great way to get acquainted. There are folks who will help you!
I haven't heard that anyone is chairing the Style Show which according to our calendar would be held Feb. 26.
Thanks to Denny & Nancy Argo who have agreed to chair the Friday evening potlucks which begin Jan. 2, also park barbecues to be held 2nd Sunday each month beginning in January.
Park Breakfasts are held every Thursday, 8 a.m., at Fiesta Tex-Mex.
Dane Street Breakfast will be held 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 3 at El Dorado located on Business 83.
Joyce Amos announced the ladies Wine-Cheese party is planned for this Thursday, Dec. 4, 3-5 p.m. Bring wine glass in gift bag to exchange & a bottle of wine to share. Please be sure wine glass you bring in gift bag is washed. Don't drink wine? Bring drink of choice. Sign up sheet in hall. There is a $3 admission to attend.
Dianna Bruce chairs our Cancer Drive with proceeds going to the Children's Hospital in Edinburg. Thanks to those who have stuffed boo-boo dolls. A tea party is scheduled Dec. 18 , noon. “Candy Cane Lane” is theme. There is sign up sheet. A gift basket is being auctioned, $2 per ticket or 6 for $5. Quilt blocks are available for those wishing to create one, contact Dianna for these. Dianna suggested donations of anything that makes noise for toddlers. Older kids need games, reading & color books.
Ken Barnhart spoke about the upcoming Hillbilly Sock Hop that will be held Jan. 15. Plan to attend this party. Guys are encouraged to enter the beard contest so they can quit shaving “anytime”. Ken says, “Don't worry if your beard looks 'scruffy' .. you want to look like a Hillbilly!” Save your gallon bleach bottles as many are needed. Drop the jugs off at any committee member (Barnharts, Bensons, Philipps, Cochrans, Baslers).
Linda Palermo & Clyde Read #155 chair Vet's Dinner to be held Jan. 28. This is open to all vets, wives, spouses, vet's widows or widowers, significant others, also Canadian veterans. Donations for gifts & prizes may be given to Kathy Cochran & Mary Norby. A silent auction will be held, proceeds to go to The Purple Hearts of the Rio Grand Valley. A program honoring Vietnam vets will be held at event. Irene Quail has a list of vets who served during the Vietnam War, 1959-1975. The list she has was compiled from pictures on the wall in the office area. If your picture is not on the wall, please let Irene know so she can add your name to the list. Club agreed to provide the coffee & tea for event.
If you wish information about the upcoming cruise, contact Judi DeKoning. It's Feb. 1-8. There is a sign-up sheet at back of hall .. with greatly reduced price.
Mary Norby says Feb. 12 Craft Sale tables are filling up. Contact her, Lot #179 or 952-237-9717. Mary will have more info in a couple weeks as to # tables available.
Don't forget Happy Hour at Friendship Hall every Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Bring snacks to share plus your choice of beverage.
Does your printer use #95 HP tri-color cartridge? Nancy Argo at #262 has one for you.

HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY TO SOCORRO BARKER!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Nov. 24th


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RVE CLUB MEETING Rex Rexroad, chair, called meeting to order. Pledge of Allegiance, singing of “God Bless America” & Club song was led by Bev Telfor.
Accompanist – none .. volunteer?
Invocation – Art Bloom
Secretary Report – Rita Sutherland
Treasurer Report – John Norris
New arrivals introduced themselves. We're glad they survived the storms when traveling down! Today was Rex's last day as chair and he thanked all who have helped him including Rita Sutherland as secretary & Al/Sandy Lenius who have served donuts each Monday.

MANAGEMENT REPORT – Reporting were managers Bob & Vickie Davis. The front gate has been open until 7 p.m. & will probably go back to 6 p.m. There has been a problem with unit keys. It's requested we come to office, get the keys they have to your unit, check to be sure they work. Often during the summer, a need arises for management to unlock your unit. However, it is your choice if you do or do not wish them to have a set of your keys. Website for park is riovalleyestates.com
Read the club website RVEWTC.com which is written & maintained by Judi DeKoning. To get into “members only”, the password is riovalley. Be sure to check Donna Gabbert's blog .. www.donnasramblingsatrve.blogspot.conm
Ron Zoeller gave properties report. Cords in kitchen that were hanging did not meet code & will be replaced. Laminate is buckling up on counter top, so this will be replaced. Board members: Properties – Clyde Read, Dave Cochran, Ron Zoeller; Finance – John Geer, John Norris (until Dec. 1), Charlotte Therrien, Marge Rexroad (after Dec. 1).
Park owner Walter Piper spoke this morning saying he prayed for bad weather up north & his prayers were answered. We were told to call our friends & tell them how nice it is here. There will be 2 new mobile homes moved into park and offered for purchase according to Walter. There are also a couple empty lots where units could be moved in. Walt closed with “Thank you for being here.”
Editor along with newsletter duties sends notices of activities & events (open to the public) to TV stations, The Monitor, Valley Star, Mid Valley Town Crier & Winter TX Times. These often take up to 3 weeks to appear so get info to editor as soon as you can.
Bev Telfor (#208) places cards to be signed by residents in office area. Call her at 956-532-6033 if you know of someone needing card due to illness or death of family member. This week cards were sent to Darlene Bryant, 4-way bypass (may come home today); Billie Wells, melanoma is back, treatment in Kansas; Mac Donovan, in ICU. The “card” job is open if someone would like to volunteer to do these.
Welcome back to entertainment chair Brock Laing and wife Adrienne who have arrived all the way from the frozen north. Thursday night movies begin Dec. 4, run until March 12 except Christmas & New Year's. No Christmas show was booked this season. Friday night entertainment begins Jan. 2 with Mario Rosales (more on this later). A full slate of Friday entertainment is booked, thanks to Brock. He will have proposal to purchase a new spotlight soon. He said the one he purchased last year was a “cheap” one.
Thanks to the Club Board for cooking our Sat. breakfasts in November. They give one free breakfast every half hour! Looking for volunteers to serve in December. Rex will flip pancakes for those who volunteer to chair.
Upcoming Events:
Nov. 25 – Amigos planning meeting, 1st United Methodist Church, Donna, 1:30 p.m.
Nov. 27 – Thanksgiving Dinner, 12:30 p.m. - Kunzes chair
Dec. 3 (correction) – Dane St. Breakfast, El Dorado, 8:30 a.m.
Dec. 4 – Wine-Cheese Party, 3 p.m. - Joyce Amos chairs
Dec. 18 – Tea Party, proceeds go toward Children's Cancer Hospital .. Dianna Bruce chairs.

Sharon Sprague has park directories available at $1.50 each. She's in Lot #244. If residents have additions, changes or corrections to the park directory, give to Mary Lou (#103) to be printed in newsletter. It should be noted that Dave Johnson at #93 does the printed directory & these changes could be given to him as well. This week Grace Thornton, #255, reports a new phone number, 956-968-8279. Change Harriet Stromer's address in book from #1101 to #801.
New club officers beginning Dec. 1 are Judy Nordquist as chair and Darlene Ales as vice chair.
We are needing chair people for the following activities .. Spaghetti Feast, Stew Feed, and Flea Market. A chairperson is needed for Friday Bowling. If you are new to the park, don't be afraid to step up & volunteer. It's a great way to get acquainted and there are always folks who will help you, just not wanting to chair the event.
Thanks to Whitey/Betty Kunze who are chairing the Thanksgiving Dinner. Park provides turkey, dressing & taters, remainder is potluck. Plan to eat at 12:30 p.m.
Park Breakfasts are held every Thursday, 8 a.m., at Fiesta Tex-Mex. (none this week due to Thanksgiving)
Dane Street Breakfast will be held 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 3 (correction on date) at El Dorado located on Business 83.
Joyce Amos announced the ladies Wine-Cheese party is planned for Dec. 4, 3-5 p.m. Bring wine glass in gift bag to exchange & a bottle of wine to share. Don't drink wine? Bring drink of choice. Sign up sheet in hall. There is a $3 admission to attend.
Dianna Bruce chairs this season's Cancer Drive with proceeds going to the Children's Hospital in Edinburg. She thanked the group who have been stuffing boo-boo dolls. Contact Catherine Gibbs if you wish to assist. A tea party is scheduled Dec. 18 , noon. “Candy Cane Lane” is theme. There is sign up sheet. A gift basket is being auctioned. Quilt blocks are available for those wishing to create one, contact Dianna for these.
Ken Barnhart spoke about the upcoming Hillbilly Sock Hop that will be held Jan. 15. Plan to attend this party. Guys are encouraged to enter the beard contest so they can quit shaving “anytime”. Save your gallon bleach bottles as many are needed. Drop the jugs off at any committee member (Barnharts, Bensons, Philipps, Cochrans, Baslers).
Linda Palermo & Clyde Read #155 chair Vet's Dinner to be held Jan. 28. This is open to all vets, wives, spouses & significant others, also Canadian veterans. Donations for gifts & prizes may be given to Kathy Cochran & Mary Norby. A silent auction will be held, proceeds to go to The Purple Hearts. A program honoring Vietnam vets will be held at event. Irene Quail has a list of vets who served during the Vietnam War, 1959-1975. The list she has was compiled from pictures on the wall in the office area. If your picture is not on the wall, please let Irene know so she can add your name to the list. Club agreed to provide the coffee & tea for event.
If you wish information about the upcoming cruise, contact Judi DeKoning. It's Feb. 1-8. There is a sign-up sheet at back of hall .. with greatly reduced price.
Mary Norby says Feb. 12 Craft Sale tables are filling up. Contact her, Lot #179 or 952-237-9717. Mary will have more info in a couple weeks as to # tables available.
Don't forget Happy Hour at Friendship Hall every Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Bring snacks to share plus your choice of beverage.
Bill Hutton invites residents to Cribbage as they are in need of more players.
Anyone wishing to help with the Christmas Day party put on in Nuevo Progreso by Amigos de los Ninos should attend the 2nd planning meeting tomorrow, Nov. 25, at First Methodist Church in Donna, 1:30 p.m. If you wish to help, you need to sign up on a committee. Irene Quail serves on the Amigos board so you may address questions to her concerning this fun activity.
WANTED: Shower chair. Call Ratliffs, 319-334-6815.
Bev Telfor said background info should be requested before new residents allowed in park. Rex asked if units for rent should have criteria of being 55 & over in age.